The Amish and Their Neighbors
A Multidisciplinary Conference
June 2-4, 2022
This conference, which is open to the public, will focus on interactions between Amish communities and wider society, including those in areas such as public health, government regulation, business and economic development, charitable work, land use and environmental issues, tourism, and civic involvement. (View the conference brochure.)
The conference will provide an opportunity for
- examining the dynamic relationship between Amish communities and wider society
- considering cases of cooperation and conflict in areas such as public health, economic development, child welfare, and civic involvement
- sharing ideas for enhancing services to Plain communities in culturally sensitive ways
- understanding the growth of Amish populations
- discovering resources for understanding Amish culture
- networking with colleagues
Carl Desportes Bowman is the author of Brethren Society: The Cultural Transformation of a “Peculiar People,” Portrait of a People: The Church of the Brethren at 300, and coauthor with Donald Kraybill of On The Backroad to Heaven: Old Order Hutterites, Mennonites, Amish, and Brethren. He has served since the 1990s as director of survey research at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture where he has taken the lead in designing and analyzing national surveys of political and moral culture.
Rachel E. Stein is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University. Her research focuses on community building and health in Amish communities. Her current work explores how Amish and Mennonite communities are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, how preventive health care decisions vary across Amish affiliations, how reproductive choices impact maternal health, and how visiting practices strengthen the Amish community and contribute to its growth.
Jeanette Harder has been a professor of social work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha since 2004. She is the founder and director of the Support and Training for the Evaluation of Programs (STEPs), and the coauthor of For the Sake of Children: Love, Safety, and Abuse in Plain Communities (2019).
Kyle Kopko is an adjunct professor of political science at Elizabethtown College and executive director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a legislative service agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He holds a PhD in political science from The Ohio State University.
The conference opens at 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 2, and closes at noon on Saturday, June 4.
See the detailed schedule for information on presentations and speakers.
Full Conference Rates
Includes Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Saturday breakfast, and all refreshments and receptions.
Registration by May 1: $260
Registration after May 1: $285
Full-time student, registration by May 1: $155
Full-time student, registration after May 1: $170
Daily Rates (if attending for less than the full conference)
Includes meals and refreshments on the days of attendance.
Thursday, June 2: $105
Friday, June 3: $150
Saturday, June 4: $70
Full-time student: Thursday, June 2: $63
Full-time student: Friday, June 3: $90
Full-time student: Saturday, June 4: $42
Members of Plain communities may register at the student rate.
(1) Register online and pay by credit card.
(2) Fax your registration form and payment information to 717-361-1443.
(3) Mail your registration form and payment to Amish Conference 2022, Young Center, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2298.
The registration deadline is May 20.
Elizabethtown College is located in northwestern Lancaster County, approximately 90 minutes from Baltimore, two hours from Philadelphia, three hours from Washington, DC, and four hours from New York City and Pittsburgh. The interactive campus map and the campus map pdf show the location of the Young Center and other facilities on the college campus.